Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (239)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and kindness generously provided by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. There are links to blog posts further down this page. Please do click on the links and leave comments on the pages you visit – those will be such an encouragement to the page owners πŸ™‚

Well! This isn’t a very inspiring photo is it?

Sadly it sums up my sewing activities this past week. I did press all the pink strips I sorted from my string scraps (using a Christmas gift – a wool pressing mat) but I haven’t yet lifted the cover off my sewing machine or done any of the hand applique I’d intended to resume. Instead I have filled the time fiddling around designing a table runner and listing quilts in my Etsy shop. I’ve also been out walking quite a lot despite the grey skies and low temperatures. In truth I think all the depressing news this week has stolen my sew-jo. I know I just need to ‘push through’ and get started. Maybe later today I’ll fire up Julie the Juki and we’ll bash out a few string blocks together πŸ™‚

How’s your sew-jo been this week?

A welcome occupation for me has been catching up on reading blog posts. I hope the links below prove inspiring and a welcome distraction from the relentless nature of this pandemic. Dive in πŸ™‚

Irish Chain patterns are very versatile. Allison Harris has stamped this one with her own style and it made a beautiful finish just in time for Christmas.

Leanne* is running a series of ‘Let’s Get to Know…’ interviews on her blog site. First up is HollyAnne Knight of String & Story. I hadn’t come across Holly-Anne before reading the interview. I’ll definitely be watching out for the monthly ‘Let’s Get to Know’ posts as a great way of well… getting to know more quilters from our Worldwide Community πŸ™‚ And Leanne has asked for suggestions for interviewees so why not put a few names her way?

Amy Friend ran a house block BOM last year. She has now provided the twelve house styles as individual paper pieced blocks in her shop. You may just find the perfect house to use in a quilt to remind you of home or to use in a new home gift quilt.

Christa Watson has just started a nine part series over on her blog. ‘Machine Quilting Tips and Tricks‘ is bound to be a great source of advice and inspiration πŸ™‚

I had to laugh in sympathy with Rebecca as she described the ins and outs of adjusting a quilt pattern and the complications that ensue when the project is put to one side for a while! Trying to remember all the changes and the recalculations re. fabric requirements etc. can be a bit like trying to solve an intricate plot line in a crime novel! But Rebecca’s done it and has her One Monthly Goal project up and running!

Several bloggers I follow make ‘temperature quilts’, recording the high and low temperatures for each day of the year by making simple colour-coded patchwork blocks that grow into a quilt. Patty has her 2020 Temperature quilt top finished and explains how she keeps the fabrics organised through the year.

Back to Leanne* who designs and makes terrific quilts. She’s a child-minder by day and this week she’s used her experiences of teaching little children to dress themselves as an illustration for her regular devotional post. There are no photos but her words have painted clear pictures in my mind πŸ™‚

Whilst playing catch-up with blog reading I found this gem… A blog post from Rachel posted al the way back on 11th December! It’s all about choosing fabrics for English Paper Piecing. Well worth a read especially as there are lots of example photos which really help to show how fussy cutting, colour, contrast and placement can affect the look of a block.

Jayne’s careful use of colour has created a really interesting quilt top from just two block designs – Churn Dash and Half Square Triangles. Definitely one to save to Pinterest!

Reading Bernie’s latest blog post over at Needle & Foot led me to a brand new link up called ‘Stitch Sew & Show 2021‘, hosted by Life in the Scrapatch. The link up runs from Wednesday to Tuesday and is described as follows, ‘This is a very informal party … no stress, no prizes, no finish needed. This is just a place to share what you are working on with others and enjoy their inspiration.Β Think of it as sitting at home while stitching with a group of friends.Β I have always enjoyed sharing with others and have received much kindness in return.Β This is a way for me to say thank you and to encourage others.’

Linking this post with Scrapatch for the first Stitch Sew & Show of 2021 and Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

A few plans and a word for 2021

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy word for 2020 was GROW. It was an extension of LEARN, the word I chose a few years earlier and of 2019’s word COMMUNITY. During 2020 I did GROW patchwork skills: curved piecing through making the Dear Dottie quilt; improving my understanding of colour by following the Quilter’s Color Quest (both the pattern and the Quest were creations of Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color); practising quilting; and learning hand turn applique. I also got my GROW on in other ways: more teaching; working at Purple Stitches (even being left for a few hours alone in the shop! That was scary but I did it!); grappling with technology – I’d have to say GROWth was rather patchy in this area – but I did manage to draw a quilt in Adobe Illustrator… and *most of the time* work the electronic till in the shop!

My word for 2021 is SHARE. I had a brain-storming session around everything New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting: this blog, the Facebook and Instagram pages, planning and teaching workshops, writing Sunrise Patchwork Patterns, selling on ETSY. It didn’t take too long for me to drill down to my WHY? Answer: The motivation that drives all these activities is the pleasure patchwork quilting brings me and the great satisfaction I gain from being with other patchwork quilters – online or in person – sharing skills and seeing creativity flourish.

I’ll be sticking with Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog posts as they are an obvious place for sharing to happen – a weekly collection of clickable links to the inspiration provided by so many amazing quilty bloggers.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (238)

Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2021. As always bring along your project(s) and share in the kindness and inspiration being made available to us by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Please do join in by leaving a message in the comments box at the bottom of this page and of any pages you click to visit πŸ™‚

I hope you have found physical rest and peace of mind over the holiday period, ready to start the New Year with reserves of resilience built up for the next few difficult months. January 1st definitely had a ‘Groundhog Day’ feel to it as we woke to the continuation of social distancing restrictions. We put the Christmas tree and decorations away today. I should have kept hold of a couple of strings of fairy lights – they have been very comforting, bringing a sparkle to the long Winter evenings.

Leading up to end of 2020 I had quite a flurry of finishes with three projects completed in less than four weeks! Today I’m deliberately slowing my pace, reuniting myself with the little needle turn applique project I took on our holiday in July. The fabric is a bit crumpled but all the supplies are together and ready to use. The pattern, Basket of Blooms, by Jo Avery is available as a download from The Quilters’ Guild Pattern Box.

Have you been reviewing 2020 or setting goals for 2021? I spent New Years Day working through the opening sections of a Planner and tidying my paperwork. I was given a desk tidy for Christmas. It’s a handy size for picking up and carrying all the essentials with me as I move my desk-work around the house in order to keep in touch with the variable internet signal and my need for space.

I’m afraid I have been very remiss in keeping up with reading blog posts over the past two weeks…. I’m just about to dive into the 198 email notifications residing in my inbox … amongst all the New Year sales alerts I’m sure there are plenty of nuggets of gold well worth a click and a read… πŸ˜€

…. Sometime later… 79 emails remain unopened but as it’s nearly time for bed I will stop reading so I can publish this post on a Saturday (a bench mark moment for 2021!).

Here are the links I’ve selected from the abundance of holiday season posts published by far more diligent bloggers than myself:

A bit late for Christmas (my fault) but Sonia’s reusable gift bag could be made in fabrics to suit any occasion. The tutorial is available on her blog.

Alyce says ‘There’s Only 3 Tools You Need for Free Motion Quilting’. She does add a ‘can do attitude’ to her short list of supplies, I wonder if you would add anything else to the list?

(Don’t forget you can sign up for the Confident & Joyful Free Motion Quilting course at Jo Westfoot’s Online Sewing School – closing date 8th January!).

Having finished my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 quilt BEFORE the end of the year I am minded to join in the 2021 challenge. I mean even after making a quilt that measures 60″ x 72″ I still have a heaps of fabric scraps to use up… Find out more about this years Rainbow Scrap Challenge here. The colour for January is pink and I’m thinking of rummaging through my box of string scraps πŸ™‚

 

 

Is vintage thread a good bet for quilting? Rebecca has gathered interesting information on the shelf-life of threads and how best to store your precious spools.

The Best of 2020 link up hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs has produced a wonderful quilt exhibition and treasure trove of tutorials and patterns from all those who have taken part posting their own ‘top five’ of 2020. Well worth a visit. Click through the links and you could imagine yourself walking through a quilt exhibition (remember those?).

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (237)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and share in the stories, inspiration and generosity of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links and add your ideas and thoughts in the comments boxes at the end of each blog post. With Christmas fast approaching I’ve decided to make this the last edition of Saturday Quilting Bring & Share for 2020. Although I’m sure I’ll be sharing links in posts I write between now and the New Year πŸ˜‰ Don’t forget by subscribing to my blog an email notification will be sent to your inbox whenever a post is published πŸ™‚

My week has been dominated by deadlines: first and foremost the finishing of the Diamond Anniversary bed runner (see the photos here); then a quilt pattern to finalise before emailing it to a magazine while the sample quilt was collected by a courier (that sounds so cool to me! πŸ˜€ ); finally, finally, a couple of hours re-capping and preparing for an in-person class at Purple Stitches.

To calm myself down after all the deadlines were met I turned my attention to a bit of fabric sorting. My basket(s) of scraps from recent projects were overflowing. It was relaxing to untangle the mess, sorting the scraps by colour into my scrap bins. I even threw away a few! I know!

The Beginners Course at Purple Stitches was suspended during the November lockdown. Today the two participants were able to join me at the shop (perspex screens, masks and hand gel made this possible). It was such a pleasure to be sewing in a group and I had the extra pleasure of seeing student A progress to making and stitching binding to her quilt while student D conquered ΒΌ” seams to make Sawtooth Star blocks. So all in all a very satisfying morning.

During the class I had time to cut binding strips for my fifth version of Dashing Stars, the pattern used for the Beginners Course. I definitely feel like my sewing is winding down for the year.

There are two finishes within sight: I have the binding to machine stitch to the front of the Dashing Stars quilt before stitching it by hand to the back; there’s the sample cushion that also needs binding to be hand stitched; and I may have time to tackle the over large blocks I made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If only I’d done some forward planning like Julie whose RSC quilt blocks all fit into a design she had in mind right at the start of the year. My ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ method has resulted in the need to unpick some of the thirty-six patch blocks to make more versatile nine patch blocks…

I hope you will find plenty to interest you in this weeks selection of links into the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Cross stitch Gingerbread Houses! Now we know it’s nearly Christmas! Wendy has been making these 3D houses since 2010 and has quite a collection. They are very appealing. Wendy highly recommends the patterns by ‘The Victorian Sampler’. I especially like all the little extras added to the cross stitch including buttons, beads, piping and ribbons.

Sharon has finished a quilt made of Christmas fabrics with a snugly flannel backing and a baubles quilting pattern. Perfect for this chilly season (in the Northern hemisphere anyway!).

Bobbi has been making zippered book sleeves to protect her books when she takes them out and about. She has provided a tutorial which is particularly helpful if you, like Bobbi herself, have been avoiding projects with zips. In three sizes, these would make an excellent last minute Christmas gift πŸ™‚

I found linking my emotions to fabric quite a test as I followed along Rachel Hauser’s Quilter’s Color Quest earlier this year. Rachel shares very clearly how she uses fabrics and designs to work through and express emotions. She used a design in 2016 to illustrate her feelings around the struggles of her severely disabled baby, Eleni. Since then Rachel has remade the design using fabrics to express a sense of hope. Early next year she will be launching the pattern and hosting a QAL – as Rachel says: ‘If you are a maker, you have a unique opportunity to use art to process big emotions. I know from experience that this can be so healing.’ Read more here.

I’m not that keen on batiks – can I hear gasps of astonishment and horror? – but… Leanne’s use of Island Batik’s ‘Love and Kisses’ range of fabrics has softened my opinion somewhat. Leanne has used the fabrics to make another of herΒ  Bloom blocks. There’s plenty of quilting inspiration in the close up photos shared in her blog post.

Jan’s use of partial Dresden Plate blocks to make a medallion style quilt is well worth a look. It looks like a Drunkards Path pattern but without the curved piecing.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia shares her latest finish Quilt of Valour and the story of Wade the Steer who makes regular visits to her back yard!

Happy Stitching!

Allison